In an incredibly positive 2014 season for the Miami Marlins, perhaps the brightest spot has been the play of star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. The 24-year-old has been having the “breakout” campaign that many expected, but unfortunately for both the club and the player, Stanton was forced to exit Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Chicago Cubs as a result of a left wrist contusion.
.@Giancarlo818 left today’s game with a left wrist contusion. He’s listed as day-to-day.
— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) June 18, 2014
On the bright side, Stanton’s immediate prognosis is a “day to day” injury, leaving a more positive take, but it is never a great thing to see a franchise player leave the field early for health reasons. The impetus for Stanton’s exit seemed to be an aggravation that took place after a 5th-inning strikeout, but prior to his exit, the slugger did mash his National League leading 20th home run of the season, giving Miami fans something to hold onto until he can return to the playing field.
For the season, Giancarlo Stanton has put up a monstrous .299/.394/.593 slash line with those 20 home runs and 57 RBI in just 310 plate appearances, and hopefully, this is nothing more than a minor tweak that can be restored in a hurry. The Marlins are already dealing with injury issues concerning their other star outfielder, Christian Yelich (who was placed on the disabled list over the weekend), and if Miami has any plans of competing in the embattled NL East, they’ll need one or both of them available.